Crunchyroll is only good if you pay for the service. The advertising more than pays for the site, but the service directly goes to the anime industry (which everyone says is dying). They don't even cover all currently airing anime with the service though as some places won't sell them the rights forcing a second or third service from Funimation or the like. And at that point paying 3 monthly subscriptions for anime alone becomes costly. You get as good of upload times, less ads and all the content from other streaming sites for free, so no one should be praising CR, but it is a step in the right direction for combating piracy.By now it's such a habit that I don't even know why.
I guess it's because I can find whatever I want whenever I want it.
I mean, I still pay for TV even though I barely ever watch it. I just grab everything of the net.
I pay for streaming services but I still download everything and end up ripping music from set streaming services <_<
+ If you don't live in the US, the amount of legal content you have access to is limited and varies wildly from country to country.
Take Crunchyroll for example.
I constantly hear people praising that service to high heavens but in my country there's barely anything on there.